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Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 10:32 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

More than 17,000 people attended the 11th annual Grainger show in Orlando, where the company covered a number topics including social media, safety, e-commerce, and its future.

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Senate Votes To Scrap Union Election Rule

March 4, 2015 5:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers characterized the NLRB change as an "ambush election rule," while Democrats and labor groups countered that the adjustment would prevent "stall tactics" by management after the filing of a petition.

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Diamond Tool Supplier Shop N Save Mart Launches New Website

March 4, 2015 1:23 pm | by Shop N Save Mart | Product Releases | Comments

The improved, mobile-friendly website offers advanced e-commerce features that will make shopping easier for Shop N Save Mart's global pool of customers.

Nightstick Heavy Duty Dual Flashlight Helmet Strap

March 4, 2015 11:32 am | by Bayco Products Bayco Product Releases | Comments

The strap allows the worker to direct their once handheld flashlights on virtually any fire helmet or hard hat in a forward facing direction while leaving both of their hands free for other tasks.

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E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling In 2015

March 4, 2015 8:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Orders are no longer standardized, retailers demand more value-added services, and customers expect to receive products faster than ever. Now is the time to examine how e-commerce will continue to shape material handling trends in 2015.

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Greenlee Adds To Saber Stripping Tool Line

March 3, 2015 2:47 pm | by Greenlee Greenlee Textron Product Releases | Comments

Greenlee's new Saber stripping tools are safe and quick alternatives to blades when stripping cable.

Industrial Careers Pathway Fund Drive Nearing $200K In Distributor Contributions

March 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A total of 63 industrial distributors, manufacturers, and individuals have made pledges as of March 1, including several ID Big 50 List companies.

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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit From West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The backlog of goods at West Coast Ports cut down new orders, while the rising strength of the U.S. dollar also impacted exports.

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GHX Industrial Acquires Fugitt Rubber And Supply

March 3, 2015 11:04 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

GHX gains Fugitt’s in-house hose assembly and gasket fabrication capabilities, broadening the company's core product and service offerings.

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Survey: Retail Industry Ripe For M&A In 2015

March 3, 2015 9:58 am | by BDO USA | News | Comments

Survey publisher BDO USA says many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have fewer opportunities for growth, and are turning to M&A to gain market share through consolidation or enter new markets to extend their brand and reach.

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Shipping Rate Changes And The Bottom Line

March 3, 2015 8:40 am | by Mike Kuebler, Technical Director of Distribution and Package Testing, Smithers Pira | Articles | Comments

Major parcel carriers, including UPS and FedEx, have changed the way they charge for U.S. ground shipments weighing less than 150 pounds in 2015. What does it mean for your business?

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DXP's Q4 And 2014 Sales Up, Profit Down

March 2, 2015 4:59 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

DXP reported healthy sales increases across the board, but a large impairment charge in Q4 gave the company a net loss.

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Sonepar USA Names New VP Of E-Commerce, Digital Marketing

March 2, 2015 2:40 pm | by Sonepar USA | News | Comments

Mark Lidner, formerly of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance Division, will be responsible for all aspects of Sonepar USA's e-commerce initiative.

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need A Degree'

March 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The list comes amid questions about the value of a four-year college degree, particularly as the level of student-loan debt skyrockets and manufacturers warn of a lingering talent shortage.

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Grooved Couplings By Kuriyama

March 2, 2015 1:09 pm | by Kuriyama | Product Releases | Comments

The quick release version provides faster connecting and disconnecting of hoses or pipes.

U.S. Manufacturing Slows In February As Output, Hiring Weaken

March 2, 2015 12:54 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Though February's manufacturing index still indicated expansion, it was the fourth straight drop and the lowest reading since January 2014.

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Affiliated Distributors Announces Power Transmission Division

March 2, 2015 12:43 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The new division includes eight charter suppliers, led by managing director Bill Childers.

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Gas Prices Soar In California As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:52 am | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil gas production has been reduced after an explosion at one refinery and labor unrest at another, resulting in a 25 cent-per-gallon increase in less than a week.

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Honeywell To Close Rhode Island Plant By End Of Year

March 2, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing and distribution employees will be laid off, but non-production employees will be moved to Honeywell's nearby site in Smithfield.

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Wolseley Acquires U.K. B2B Bathroom Retailer

March 2, 2015 10:39 am | by Wolseley plc | News | Comments

This acquisition gives Wolseley a strong position in the U.K. B2C online bathroom market and a scalable platform to support future growth.

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Reliance Steel Announces Executive Leadership Succession Plan

March 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. | News | Comments

Reliance's succession plan includes a new CEO, CFO, and executive vice president.

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